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Starting the journey to become an HR professional? Make certain your first step is in the right direction because this journey, like all others, will be more pleasant if you plan well.

From the earliest stages of your HR career, SHRM provides resources, tools and a road-tested pathway to help you successfully navigate every aspect of your career.

Not familiar with the career path SHRM suggests to be successful?  Follow these five simple steps:

Step 1: Earn an HR Degree and cap it off by sitting for the SHRM-CP certification exam to differentiate yourself from other entry-level candidates trying to break into HR.

Step 2: Become a SHRM student member early in your career and rely on SHRM as your career partner throughout your career. Take advantage of your SHRM Student membership benefits to make the most out of your formal education years and to successfully transition to the HR world when you graduate. 

Step 3: Gain experience and competitive advantage when competing for entry-level jobs by leveraging internships while earning your degree.

Step 4: Find that first HR job and gain experience; join your local SHRM professional chapter to build and leverage your professional network.

Step 5: Get ready to advance your career by mastering HR competencies and pursuing SHRM’s competency-based certification once you are eligible.

Career Development Quick Links and articles

What universities does SHRM recommend to study HR? 

How do I join SHRM as a Student Member?

How do I form a Student Chapter at my university?

Where can I find an internship?

SHRM Annual Conference

Where can I learn more about HR competencies?

How do I prepare to become certified by SHRM?

How to Get an Entry-Level Job in HR article

What employee development articles should I read?

How can I join SHRM’s Young Professionals network?

Professional Chapter directory

Sample Opening and Closing Interview Questions

Sample Behavioral Interview Questions


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